Man arrested at traffic stop in connection with Flow's Pharmacy burglary

Friday, June 3, 2011 | 5:51 p.m. CDT; updated 4:51 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, June 14, 2011

COLUMBIA — A man was arrested in connection with robberies at Flow's Pharmacy and Boone County National Bank, according to a Columbia Police Department news release.

Louis Michael Patti, 27, was taken into custody by Columbia police and the FBI on Thursday afternoon during a traffic stop at the intersection of Keene Street and Broadway, according to the release.

Patti admitted to involvement in the March 17 robbery of Flow’s Pharmacy and the May 13 attempted robbery of the same business, according to the news release. He also admitted to involvement in the May 20 robbery of Boone County National Bank as well as a bank robbery in the Kansas City area.

"When he was questioned at the police department, he implicated himself in all three robberies," said police spokeswoman Latisha Stroer.

Police served a search warrant at Patti’s residence and found evidence that also linked him to the robberies, according to the release.

In March, officers were dispatched to Flow's Pharmacy after a man, now believed to be Patti, displayed a knife and fled the scene with bottles of a controlled substance, according to previous Missourian reports. A similar event occurred in May at the same location. A man, also believed to be Patti, entered the pharmacy, brandished a knife and demanded merchandise, although he did not obtain any, according to previous Missourian reports.

Patti was also believed to have robbed the Boone County National Bank on Paris Road in May. The man involved in that robbery stated that he had a weapon and threatened to harm those in the bank before fleeing the scene with cash, according to previous Missourian reports.

Patti was arrested on three counts of first-degree robbery and three counts of armed criminal action.

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